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Artistes converge at Tirupati for All India Theatre Festival

Impressive:A scene from the mythological play ‘Kalyana Raghavam’ performed by Tirupati Theatre Arts in Tirupati on Tuesday as part of the 57th annual theatre festival.— Photo: K.V. Poornachandra Kumar
Impressive:A scene from the mythological play ‘Kalyana Raghavam’ performed by Tirupati Theatre Arts in Tirupati on Tuesday as part of the 57th annual theatre festival.— Photo: K.V. Poornachandra Kumar

Ahead of the 4th World Telugu Conference, traditional theatre art buffs are sure to have a similar feast of their favourite dramas at the 57th All India Theatre Festival 2011-12 being conducted by Sri Venkateswara Natyakala Parishat, the confederation of cultural troupes in Tirupati, in association with the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams.

‘Garuda awards’

Cultural troupes from across the State have converged at Mahati auditorium for the nine-day show, where artistes will perform mono-action, mythological and social plays and light music. Akin to the ‘Nandi’ awards presented by the State Government, the best performing artistes and teams will get ‘Garuda’ awards.

TTD trust board member G.V. Srinatha Reddy, who inaugurated the event late on Monday evening, explained that the TTD would never shirk from its responsibility of patronising traditional art forms in a big way.

Former MLA M. Venkatramana, himself a theatre personality, recalled his association with the Parishat and how he eventually made it to the Tollywood, having started off as a small-time stage actor. TUDA Vice-Chairman Ch. Penchal Reddy owed the existence of several art forms to the lovers and patrons in the audience.


  • The festival will showcasse mono-action, mythological and social plays and light music

  • ‘Garuda’ awards on the lines of Nandi awards will be presented to best performing artistes


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